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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Second Candle: Carved in Stone

"Stone Carving, Musrara"  c. 2010 by Heddy Abramowitz

Wandering around Jerusalem, one can see the menorah motif used as an embellishment on buildings in various neighborhoods. These small details, I find, are what gives individual distinction to neighborhoods and buildings, in the same way that freckles and dimples define a face.

Above,  is a contemporary carving found along a wall in today's in the Morasha/Musrara neighborhood.

The following  photos are examples of  the menorah used as a lintel stone over the doorways of buildings.

 
"Door Lintel, Nachlaot, Dedicated 1935" c.2010 by Heddy Abramowitz

It puzzles me how these lovely details seem to be invisible to some residents,  with exposed wiring, pipes and all manner of infrastructure cluttering buildings all over the city, where practicalities often trump aesthetics.


"Aliza's Wig Boutique with Menora Lintel, Geula"  c. 2010 by Heddy Abramowitz

As cities everywhere become more similar, these small unique markings are ever more valuable in maintaining the distinct character of place in Jerusalem.


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